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"What They Said" - Devri Testimonials  
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DEVRI BAND - Testimonials


- Cautie & Ken
My Wife and I first found out about Devri through some YouTube content linked to the Saw Doctors years before we got married. We then had the pleasure of hearing Devri play live one night in Mr Dooleys in Boston and there live performance was excellent, so much so that we decided to reach out to them for our Wedding on Aug 2016. Declan the lead singer and mandolin/banjo player was very responsive he met with us twice before our wedding and was very responsive with emails and gave us some great ideas for the flow of our wedding and song choices. On the day of the wedding Devri were able to work well with our venue coordinator at Boston Winery. We had light music provided by Devri during our cocktail hour and Declan also did a great job with our introductions and speeches.Then once the music started the floor was full for 4 hours solid which included an hour of a DJ which Devri were able to transition to without pause. All in all we couldn't have been happier with Devri and the way our wedding turned out. 5 Stars out of 5 for Devri!

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- Corrinne & Darragh

My husband and I knew we wanted to book Devri for our wedding before we even had the venue booked! Devri has played at most of our friends weddings and we knew this was the right choice. Declan was very easy to work with and went above and beyond meeting with my husband and I on several occasions, reaching out to the wedding coordinator at our venue, and he even come out for our rehearsal for one final check to be sure the night went perfect for us!
Declan and an additional band member played music for our outdoor ceremony and it was perfect! Devri definitely knows what works to get the crowd going. They played music that suited the whole crowd, they accommodated our every song request and the dance floor was never empty! Not only was Devri a professional band to work with, but the talent these guys have is exceptional!! I would highly recommend Devri for any event!

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- Meaghan and John Hubbard

We have known Declan, and Devri, for a long time and once we get engaged we knew right away that we wanted them to be part of our wedding. Devri performed at our wedding on 5/29/16 and they were amazing (as they always are)! Throughout the entire process Declan was awesome! He had several great ideas to add to the whole experience and he put us at ease from the very beginning knowing that the entertainment would be outstanding. We both have big families that like to dance and Devri got everyone onto the dance floor right away and kept them there all night long! Since the wedding, we have heard time and again from our guests how much they loved Devri! Everyone goes on and on about how much fun they had and how blown away they were by Devri! Once the band stopped they made a seamless transition into DJ music by Steve which was excellent as well. Without a doubt having Devri at our wedding helped to make the whole day as awesome as we hoped it would be. We cannot recommend Devri high enough, they are absolutely phenomenal!! We can't thank you guys enough, we are beyond thrilled that you were part of our wedding!

Thanks so much!

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- Kim and Donovan

My (now) husband and I always knew we wanted a band for our wedding so when we got engaged we quickly searched around for a band that would best fit our particular style and feel we wanted for our wedding. We wanted an upscale back yard bash that people would want to dance at and have fun and Devri band was the perfect fit!
From day one they were very easy to work with and responded promptly to any and all questions that came up. Declan was so flexible with meeting us as well, we have a toddler and had to cancel a few times due to ear infections and he easily re-scheduled to accommodate. Declan even drove up to New Hampshire to go over the music and check out the electrical set up for the wedding (we had it my parent’s back yard and my dad was stressed about outlets!). I also wanted my sister to sing the song for our first dance and they were more than happy to go along with it which added a very special touch to our day.

The day of the wedding everything went perfectly, they announced the wedding party right when we came in and got right down to playing all of your favorite pub songs that got everyone dancing. They played a good mix of classic rock/ Irish pub music and I think a few country slipped in there as well . They asked us ahead of time for songs that we would like to hear after the band is done- their drummer comes with DJ equipment so even though they were done playing there was still music as part of our fireworks display until we shut off the lights!! The whole band was charming and down-to-earth and you can tell they truly enjoy what they do which in turn creates an amazing experience for the bride, groom and their guests. They were truly a perfect fit for our wedding and we would highly recommend them!

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- Ainghne & Caomhan

The one thing we knew from the very beginning was that we wanted a fun, lively band. Devri had been recommended to us by other couples who had used them and we are so happy that we went with them. Devri was amazing! Declan and the gang knew exactly what music to play and the dance floor was never empty, they play everything! Declan responded so quickly and was so helpful with the timeline for the day. He kept the speeches moving along and everyone entertained all night. I can't even remember them taking a break, they were unbelievable! I also used their DJ and was so happy with the music, they definitely listen to you and play the songs you want and even find other songs that are similar. I can't recommend Devri enough!

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- Caitlin & Patrick
Devri played at our wedding on 9/4/15. From the very beginning they went above and beyond what was expected of them! They accommodated our every need and music style! They had the crowd going and I don't think we sat down once! Devri kept in time with the events of the evening and when needed were able to make changes on the fly. They knew what music worked with the crowd and what didn't. Between dance offs, perfect first dances, and legendary MCing you can't go wrong with Devri playing at your next big event!

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- Trisha & Gerard Molloy

A huge thank you to Declan, Stevie and crew for making our wedding so unforgettable! Before we even announced the date of our big day, we checked with Devri to see if they were able to play for us, which they were! The planning process was off to a great start!

From seeing Devri playing at Mr. Dooleys, at a friends wedding and also knowing Declan and Stevie personally, there was no question who we wanted as our wedding band. Declan met with us and he coached us through everything with patience and professionalism.

Once the party started after all the speeches and dances (as Declan and I would say in Donegal) 'the place was lifting!'. The dance floor was filled and remained so until the end of the night. Anyone I spoke to since the wedding said how much they enjoyed themselves and what a great day it was which definitely wouldn't have been possible without the talented musicians of Devri!. Thanks a million lads from the bottom of our hearts for making our big day one we'll never ever forget!

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- Meghan & Steve Golden.

After meeting through mutual friends and seeing Devri perform at multiple fundraisers and events, the easiest and first decision we made when we got engaged was that we wanted them to play at our wedding. And it honestly was the best decision we could have made. From the very beginning, Declan was there to answer any questions we had and set our mind at ease that the night would be perfect. He was responsive, professional, accommodating, and so easy to work with. He took our initial thoughts and suggestions, expanded on them, and created a perfect night that represented both of our personalities, a night that we will never forget!
Devri definitely knows how to get the party started!!! There wasn’t an empty spot on the dance floor for the entire night, and people were having a blast. They played a fun mix that appealed to the entire crowd, from age 3 to 80, and our friends and family have been raving about them ever since. To this day, each time we see someone that was a guest at our wedding, they can’t stop praising Devri and how much fun the band made the night. There is no better band to have at a wedding, or any other function for that matter. These guys are amazing, and we could not have imagined a better band to play on our special day. If you want your wedding to be memorable and the most fun you’ll ever have, hire Devri!!! You'll be glad you did!

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- Jimmy and Abby Rowley

Jimmy and I want to thank you so much for giving us the soundtrack for one of the best night of our lives. We knew it was going to be a fun wedding when we had to move our sweetheart table off the dance floor during dinner because Devri got everyone up on the dance floor immediately. Once they got everyone on the floor, they kept them there the whole night! They knew exactly what songs were needed throughout the night to keep the party going. We had a mix of Irish Music aficionados and newbies, but everyone had a great time and was up and dancing. The mix of irish music and rock was perfect. Declan was very accommodating throughout the whole process. He met with us a few times to discuss the wedding night, what we wanted and recommendations from the many past weddings they had done. He even came to the venue to meet with us, the venue manager and the caterer so we could walk through the whole night a few days before. He handled all our introductions and just made everything so easy for us.
Even now, a few weeks after the wedding, we are still hearing about what a great time people had and what an awesome job Devri did. They definitely made many fans that night and I’d expect Devri to hear from a few guests about future functions. We really want to thank Devri from the bottom of our hearts for providing such a fun atmosphere and great music for our wedding reception.

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- Colby and Mike Ormond

I can not say enough about this wonderful band! Preparing for a wedding should be the happiest time in a brides life. Often this time can also be FULL of stress. Declan and the boys made this so much easier. The one thing I never had to worry about was the music or how the day would flow. Declan sat down with us and helped map out the whole night, from how we would enter, to the toasts, to when we would have different songs play. Our day had a few extra stresses, broken air conditioning and roof leak that flowed into the reception to name a few. The whole time Declan and the fellas told us not to worry, that our guests would have a great time. They were right. People were raving all night about how amazing the band was (which we already knew). If you want the most fun on the biggest night of your life this is the band you need. We can not thank you enough!

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- Brian and Karen June 7,2014

The first and easiest decision we made throughout the process of planning our wedding was the entertainment. We had seen our friends in Devri play live many times in the past and knew we had to have them for our wedding. Declan and the guys truly went above and beyond to make our wedding a one of a kind event. Declan went out of his way several times to meet us to map out every aspect of our special day. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, however Declan assured us that he and Devri would make sure the day ran smoothly from start to finish and they did just that and so much more. They even went to our reception venue prior to the wedding to go over details with our wedding coordinator. From beginning to end, Declan and Devri ran the show. From the beautiful ceremony music to an upbeat mix of reception music that our guests still rave about, Devri made the day. Thanks so much for everything you did to make our wedding day so special!!!

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- Clionagh & John

When we set the date for our wedding we already had one job done; we had decided on the band! After seeing Devri put on a fantastic performance many times in Mr Dooley's we knew they would be amazing for our wedding ....... and they surpassed our high expectations! From the initial contact regarding the wedding right up until the end of the celebrations, Devri were wonderful to work with. They responded to any questions quickly and were extremely helpful in their answers to any queries. In particular Declan was extremely helpful, going above and beyond what you would expect the band to do; one example being, we mentioned to Declan that we had priced mood lighting for our marquee (with extortionate quotes!), Declan suggested that we buy the can lighting, he even researched into it for us, sending us links and saving us a small fortune when we followed his advise!
The day of the wedding Devri were wonderful; they helped to set up a sound system for the grooms sister to sing during the ceremony, played the music which we had requested which resulted in a fantastic party and at the end of the night when I, the bride, had a little cry because my dream day was over, they each gave me a hug as they were headed out the dirishoor!
If we were to do it all over again (which we wish we could!) we would absolutely have Devri as our band.
They are the best of the best when it comes to wedding bands!

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- Kate & Rory.

Best. Band. Ever. We cannot express enough how happy we are to have had Devri play at our wedding! Rory and I got married this summer at Sunny Slope Farm in Alton, NH – neither of us are big planners, and to be honest we went into the whole experience feeling pretty overwhelmed by all of the minutiae that goes into orchestrating a wedding! We met with Declan before the event and quickly realized that we could stop worrying about the music piece. He sat us down (in our local Irish pub of course), laid out all the options, and put us immediately at ease. We left that meeting feeling fully confident that the music at the wedding would go seamlessly, and that’s exactly what happened!

Declan and the guys were AMAZING throughout the whole event – from showing up early to be around to set up (in multiple locations no less – we had both a tent AND a barn), working the crowd all night (the dance floor was PACKED all night!) and showing off their incredible talent as musicians – everyone left the wedding talking about how wonderful the band was. Friends have been reaching out to us left and right asking about when and where they can see them play in Boston! Devri played the perfect combination of music that appealed to every age group that was there, and the DJ later on was also amazing! We would book these guys again in a heartbeat – the personal touch, care and ready communication throughout the whole process combined with their talent and professionalism during the event itself was simply beyond compare. Thank you guys SO MUCH again!
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- Erin & Barry.

Our wedding reception was beautiful, personal, and so much fun, and that's down to choosing Devri as our band. Declan and the guys were beyond fantastic!! The best band on both sides of the Atlantic!! My family is from Boston and my husband's family is from Dublin - and everyone loved Devri! We did not get off the dance floor the entire time!!! They played a perfect mix of pop, rock, and Irish, and sounded fantastic!! The energy and excitement was there throughout the night, and our guests not only danced the whole time, but sang and laughed and clapped along non-stop. And the fact that Devri also comes with a DJ was ideal - the best of both worlds without the stress of dealing with two separate vendors. Speaking as a perfectionist bride who labored over every decision and detail, I can honestly say it felt like we had a friend we've known for years in charge of the most important element of the reception. Declan made us feel so relaxed and at ease throughout the planning process, and throughout the night. He stays so calm and organised, and he anticipated what we might need before we even knew it ourselves. Most importantly, everyone had an absolute blast!! It was a party that everyone enjoyed - from 8 to 80 years old. Declan was a great emcee, Devri was a BRILLIANT band, and the DJ music was fantastic! Hiring Devri was the best decision I could have made. Thank you so much, guys!

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- Caroline & Peter.

Devri played for our wedding on June 1st 2013 and they really made the day. The dance floor was packed all night and they played songs that suited the whole crowd of 300! People were raving about them after and we have been asked many times for their name. Declan was a joy to work with and helped everything go smoothly on the day. Some people thought he was the wedding planner because he was so helpful all day, above and beyond playing in the band!! I would highly recommend them to anyone and will look forward to hearing them again at friends weddings. Music and dancing is a big part of both our families so we really spend time thinking about it and we couldn't have been happier with our choice of Devri. They were easy going and fun as well as being very talented and versatile. We also had them do DJ at the end of the night and and they had a huge selection of songs and kept the party going late into the night. Thanks guys!

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Devri played our wedding in September 2013 at the Bradley Estate in Canton. We both knew we wanted live music and after seeing Devri play live one night, we knew we had to have them play at our wedding. We wanted a good mix of music and for everyone to have a good time. To say they had a good time is an understatement. There wasn't an empty spot on the dance floor all night! Everyone was out dancing... Even people we never expected to see out there :) The band was very friendly, lively, and accommodating to ourselves and our guests. We have been married almost a month now and people are still complimenting Devri and telling us what an amazing time they had! I would recommend Devri to anyone who is planning a function that they want to be remembered!
- Cara.
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In September 2011, the NYPD Pipes and Drums held the Memorial Concert for the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. To have your support throughout those tough times means more than you can know. Devri came down to NYC and played at Connolly's Pub at our welcome party, a wonderful evening of music and laughter. The Friday night acoustic jam at the Irish Pub on Broadway, an unexpected treat,enjoyed by all. Your performance in the concert on Saturday at the Town Hall in Times Square was a moving tribute. The incredible music and wonderful friendships formed will not soon be forgotten. You helped us remember our fallen with great pride. Not only is your music incomparable but your character is without question. I am honored to have had the privilege of performing with you and blessed to be able to call you my friends.
Thank you,
Jim Coughlan
Drum Sgt.
NYPD Pipes and Drums

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Erin & Joe Geoghegan - June 2, 2012

Devri came highly recommended to my husband and I through friends and after attending one of their performances, we were sold. Devri played non-stop throughout our wedding reception and created the perfect atmosphere for a fun, lively party. One sign of a good party is if the dance floor is packed and that's exactly what Devri delivered. The musicians are all highly skilled and will work to learn any songs you'd like played at your wedding, if they don't already know it. Declan was a pleasure to work with and provided alot of guidance to my husband and I, which was very reassuring during the stresses of wedding planning. Our guests still marvel at how great Devri's performance was and several friends now attend their performances in and around Boston, since they are big fans of Devri! Many thanks to Devri for helping to make such a fun and memorable day for both our wedding guests and my husband and I!!
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Julie Berger March 17th. 2012

 "My husband and I met & got engaged on St. Patrick's Day so it was only a given we would get married on our favorite holiday.  We knew right away we wanted an Irish band and contacted Devri early in the year, they were more than happy to work with us.  Our only challenge was distance, planning a Boston wedding from Chicago meant we weren't able to see them play before our wedding, but Declan made it very easy to coordinate all the details, he even booked a bagpiper to play at our ceremony. We wanted our reception to be our very own St. Patrick's Day celebration and that is exactly what we got, largely in part due to Devri.  They played a mix of traditional Irish tunes, along with fun & upbeat dance music that got the whole crowd on the dance floor.  Our guests danced the entire night, no one wanted to go home and Devri even offered to stay past our contracted time to keep playing!  We couldn't have asked for a better party, it was exactly what we wanted and certainly would not have been the same without Devri.  Next time we have a party in Boston, we're calling Devri to come play!"
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. , , Kelli & Martin Forbes - August 2009

The band Devri is amazing! We hired them for our wedding after having fantastic times at several friends weddings where they played. We could not have asked for a better group! They played all requests, kept the crowd dancing and I still get compliments from people about how wonderful they were! I would recommend them to anyone looking for the best Irish band around. They are great guys and helped make our wedding an amazing night for us and all of our guests.

Thanks!!  - Kelli & Martin 
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Brian & Maureen McLaughlin - June 2007

Maureen and I just wanted to say thank you for doing such an amazing  job at our wedding. It's always a good sign when the seats are empty and the dance floor is packed.  Even though we got married some time ago people still tell us how great the band (DEVRI) was, what a great  time people had and how the music really made it a blast. Thank you for making our reception so memorable, not only for Maureen and I, but for all of our wedding guests!!  

Thank you again - Brian & Maureen
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Lindsey & Blake Lukis 

Within a few months of being engaged, my fiance and I selected Lake View Pavilion in Foxboro, MA as the setting for wedding.  Pretty quickly, we realized that the music we selected would have to be equally as organic and stunning as the location.  We didn't waste a moment asking Declan and the guys from Devri if they would join us for the occasion, familiar with their powerful music.  Though it rained on our big day, Devri managed to bring us to the same fairy tale dream setting we had been envisioning.  I couldn't have imagined walking down the aisle to a more perfect serenade, and the slow air they played for the candle lighting ceremony was just gorgeous.  Suffice it to say that our day and memories simply would not have been the same without them there to set the tone for us.

You guys are the best !!  - Lindsey & Blake

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A Message from the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums
 

DEVRI -
"the inspiration, the talent, and the rewards of giving back"

Anyone who has heard or seen one of Boston’s brightest Irish groups probably thinks DEVRI is a location to be found somewhere on the Emerald Isle. The truth in the origin of the name is that is represents its three founding members, all Irish born, each who emigrated to America carrying the songs and harmonious talents entrenched deeply in their heart and mind.

For the past decade each played on and off together with a host of Irish and country bands. Each is exceptional in his own right but together they just "clicked."

In 2007 they founded DEVRI. To round out the band they included long time country artist Larry Flint of Cambridge on bass, a masterful performer, Chuck Parrish of Quincy on electric guitar, and Kerry native Stevie O’Callaghan of Burlington on Drums.

The group has the unique skill to captivate audiences. In addition, they are good guys. They can be found regularly on the Boston Irish Music Scene, especially at Mr. Dooley’s Irish Tavern on Broad St. in Boston, where they always play to a packed house. In 2008 Gerry Murphy returned to Ireland but the band has continued to flourish.

Their talents have caught the eye of many artists, and the members of DEVRI are always willing to help out in charitable concerts and worthy events. It is this work that allowed them form a special kinship with the members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums. The Gaelic Column holds a unique place in the hearts of Irish Americans in Boston. They have performed at hundreds of ceremonial and high profile musical events. The Column and DEVRI have collaborated on numerous endeavors including joint performances in New York City during the NYPD 9/11 Memorial Concert held each year in remembrance of the victims of this horrific tragedy.

It is from their relationship with the Boston Police Gaelic Column that they befriended a new and relatively unknown vocal talent Pauline Wells. A Sergeant Detective with the Cambridge Police, she soon became a regular guest with the lads from DEVRI. In 2008 they created and have produced an annual concert titled "A Celtic Crossing. "

This event has raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Pauline holds deep affection for the members of DEVRI, and is especially fond of Declan Houton, who she calls her "mentor." In 2009, Declan was responsible for mastering her 1st and very successful Cd, "Pauline Wells, "Ready to Play." Last year DEVRI presented a fierce performance as they accompanied Pauline her own concert at Boston’s Historic Wilbur Theater.

From County to Rock, ballads to reels, it is said that music warms the "heart and soul." DEVRI’s eclectic makeup will touch your heart! They represent the culture, the heritage and glamour of sounds of Erin.




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